New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Domestic Violence Legal Help

Domestic Violence Legal Help

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project represents victims in emergency protective order hearings and in divorce and parenting (custody) cases. The issues typically addressed in these cases are the following: restraining orders and emergency relief, parental rights and responsibilities (child custody and visitation), paternity, child support, alimony and property division.

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Public Benefits

Public Benefits

Benefits Project advocates help individuals obtain the assistance they need to stabilize their income and move toward self-sufficiency as possible. Advocates help the disabled obtain Social Security, SSI, and APTD benefits and access to health care through Medicare and Medicaid. The Project also works for improvements in the APTD/Medicaid system.

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Housing Legal Services

Housing Legal Services

NHLA focuses its efforts on a variety of housing issues with its Housing Justice Project.

Housing Justice Project (HJP) attorneys and paralegals promote equal access to housing for NHLA clients by working on preserving their housing. The HJP helps individuals and families who are either currently without shelter or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The HJP also investigates complaints of discrimination and assists people who are victims of housing discrimination.

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Special Projects

Special Projects

NHLA responds to the emerging needs of clients with new projects and efforts, often in collaboration with other organizations in the state.  Some of these include programs concerning Childrens Dental Health, as well as the Youth Law Project, which works with children and teenagers who are facing delinquency or CHINS petitions.

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Legal Services for Older Adults

Legal Services for Older Adults

The Senior Law Project (SLP) assists our state’s most economically and socially needy seniors with civil legal problems including consumer protection/debt collection, health care, public and private housing, family problems, food stamps, public assistance benefits, utility shut-off, and nursing facility and assisted living/residential care facilities problems.


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Our Mission

PLEASE NOTE: 

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, New Hampshire Legal Assistance is OPEN. We have made some changes to protect the health of our staff and our clients. Staff are generally working from home. We are not answering telephone calls live. Instead, leave a message and we will call you back. We are also not taking walk-in clients at our offices. Instead, please call us or apply for help online at www.nhlegalaid.org


NHLA's mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change.

We offer our clients high-quality civil legal aid to address the legal problems that affect their daily survival and most basic needs. These services range from simple legal information and advice to vigorous and thorough representation in all of New Hampshire's courts and before many of the local, state and federal agencies which play large roles in their lives. In providing legal services to the poor, NHLA helps ensure the legal system provides the fairness and justice that all New Hampshire residents deserve. 

NHLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in the delivery of services.

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NHLA priority issues

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NHLA, Pro Bono expand program to help low-income debtors

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Testimonial

Truly thankful for the help...

Truly thankful for the help...

I am truly thankful for the help, kindness, [and] treatment that I received right from the first person I talked to. I was very upset and at a very low point and that first person gave me gentle kindness.

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Latest News

NHLA guidance on CDC eviction ban, new rent assistance

Posted Mar 03, 2021

Many Granite Staters who are behind on rent can halt their eviction and avoid homelessness under the CDC Eviction Moratorium. But the protection from eviction is only temporary as the moratorium ends on March 31, 2021. Until then tenants should apply for rental assistance immediately through t ...read more

Eviction Clinic: Schedule and Resources

Posted Mar 02, 2021


Our next online Eviction Clinic is Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   Click here to attend: https://zoom.us/j/91916851064 Need information now? 

  • Our Eviction Clinic slideshow explains New Hampshire's eviction laws in New Hampshire and t ...read more

  • What tenants, landlords need from new rent help

    Posted Feb 25, 2021

    The Exchange, NH Public Radio The state is set to begin distributing millions of dollars in additional aid for tenants who are struggling to pay housing costs because of COVID-19. As it finalizes new guidelines for assistance and how people can apply, we check in on what we've learned ...read more

    Much needed rent relief coming to NH

    Posted Feb 17, 2021

    By Bob Sanders, NH Business Review
    Can New Hampshire spend $200 million in federal money to keep people in their homes when it wasn’t able to spend $20 million last year for the same purpose? That’s the question being asked by state officials, housing activists, tenants and landlords whi ...read more

    NHLA statement on Governor's proposed budget

    Posted Feb 11, 2021

    Statement of Sarah Mattson Dustin, Executive Director of New Hampshire Legal Assistance, on the Governor’s proposed budget “I’d like to thank Governor Sununu for proposing a budget that includes level funding for civil legal aid. This funding ensures that New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) ...read more